|May-18-03|| ||Shadout Mapes: It looks like Morphy missed 9.Nd6+ winning at least a piece. |
9.Nd6+ Ke7 10.Nxb1 Bf4 11.Nxc8+
9.Nd6+ Kd8 10.Nxb1 Na6 11.fxe3
Am I missing something?
|May-19-03|| ||Honza Cervenka: You are correct, but Morphy's continuation is also sufficient for gaining of a decisive advantage. |
|May-20-03|| ||Calli: Good point. Morphy did miss the quick win 9. Nd6+ . As Honza says, he is still winning after that. However, 22.Bxc8? doesn't work:|
22.Bxc8? Rxc8 23.Qd7 Rxe4+ 24.Kf2 Ne7 holds.
Fortunately for him, Paulsen played 23...Ne7??. How could Paulsen miss Rxe4+? This is so easy I wonder if the score is right.
|Jun-17-05|| ||Chesschatology: <calli>
What does black do after Kf3
|Jun-17-05|| ||Calli: f5 is fine|
|Aug-15-05|| ||ThaDoctor: 22.Bxc8? Rxc8 23.Qd7 Rxe4+ 24.Kf2 Ne7 25.Re1 Rxc2+ 26.Kf3 Rxe1? Qe8+!
Black is forced to play Ng8? Qxe1 from there i think morphy would win.|
|Aug-15-05|| ||The Diamond: Re the Nd6+ variation: On a quick, coffee-less look, what about|
9. Nd6+ Ke7
10. Nxb1 Bf4
11. Nxc8+ Kc7
and Black picks up the knight. Material balance is the same as in the game continuation (Morphy has a queen for a rook + minor piece), but he hasn't given up his strong knight for Black's useless Queen bee (the QB doesn't even have the possibility of moving until move 18). And Morphy's continuation gets rid of Black's good bishop, tatters black's Q-side pawn structure, and gets a knight at d6 on top of it all.
As I said, the coffee is still brewing, so in all this I may be wrong. :)
|Aug-15-05|| ||sneaky pete: <The Diamond> Ke7-c7 is impossible.|
|Aug-16-05|| ||The Diamond: Right you are, Sneaky. (Although I believe that back in 1857 the King was allowed to hop once in the game.)|
So ... how about 11. ... Kd8? The knight still is lost (Black's bishop can always retreat to c7 if White plays g3). Of course, White can play Nb6 and Black must recapture with the rook pawn, but still White has given up his active knight for Black's passive bishop.
|Aug-16-05|| ||sneaky pete: After 9.Nd6+ Ke7 10.Nxb1 Bf4 11.Nxc8+ Kd8 12.Nd6 .. white keeps the knight, unless black prefers 12... Bxd6 13.Qxd6 .. etc. In all lines starting with 9.Nd6+ .. black only gets a rook for his queen, whereas in the game continuation he gets rook and minor piece. Morphy must have been too discombobulated by the unexpected blunder 6... Qxb2? to have a good look at the position after 8... Qxb1. |
According to Sergeant, this 7th game was played on November 8. That same they the 6th game had been played, the Four Knights' Game where Morphy played his famous queen sacrifice Qd8-d3xf3, which had "only" taken 4 hours. Maybe both players were tired, maybe Paulsen wanted to return the favour.
|Aug-16-05|| ||The Diamond: I concede. Bad analysis on my part. By the way, thanks for the little bit of history on the match.|
|Dec-01-05|| ||Chopin: Morphy makes Paulsen look like a Patzer. Great game.|
|May-01-06|| ||Grega: Anand vs Kasparov, 1991|
|Aug-23-07|| ||Helios727: 9. Nd6+ Kd8 10. Nxb1 Bf4 11. Nxf7+ Ke7 12. Nxh8, and white will extricate the knight, remaining a full queen ahead. So 9 ... Kd8 was much worse for black.|
|Aug-23-07|| ||Honza Cervenka: <ThaDoctor: 22.Bxc8? Rxc8 23.Qd7 Rxe4+ 24.Kf2 Ne7 25.Re1 Rxc2+ 26.Kf3 Rxe1? Qe8+! Black is forced to play Ng8? Qxe1 from there i think morphy would win.> Maybe but only if he would have played with black pieces here. White's lone Queen cannot do any harm to black.|
|May-12-08|| ||heuristic: This is game 7 of the final round of the 1st American Chess Congress|
|May-22-08|| ||heuristic: 18.Rg3 g6 19.c3 Rxc4 20.Nxc4 exf5 21.f3 fxe4 22.fxe4 Kg7 23.Nd6 looks stronger|
20.Qg4 Ra1+ 21.Kf2 Rxg1 22.Bxe6+ Bxe6 23.Qxe6 Kh8 24.Kxg1 looks stronger
|Nov-19-12|| ||schnarre: ...Losing the Queen so early didn't help Paulsen's game any.|